If an accident involving a truck has devastating consequences, then a crash between two semi-trucks has the potential for even more devastation and injuries. Such a scene unfolded during the early morning hours in late August on the Ohio Turnpike. A truck accident involving two tractor-trailers left one driver dead.
One truck, carrying cardboard boxes, collided into the back of another truck that had slowed down in order to move into the exit lane. After hitting the truck, the rear truck jackknifed and overturned. The overturned truck blocked all three lanes on the eastbound side of the highway. An SUV owned by the Ohio Turnpike Commission hit the wreckage. The SUV driver saw the accident and tried to brake, but fluid from the crash caused him to lose control.
The driver of the truck that overturned was trapped inside his vehicle and died at the scene. Fire and medical crews had to remove the man from the wreckage. The other truck driver and the driver of the SUV were taken to a hospital in the area for non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities detoured traffic in order to clean up the remains of the crash and investigate the incident.
Investigations are very important in determining the cause of a trucking accident. Investigations help reveal whether there was any negligence on the part of a driver in causing the accident. Common factors include poor training, driver fatigue, distracted driving and overloaded trailers.
If the investigation determines that the accident was caused due to negligence on the part of a truck driver or trucking company, the injured party or victim's family may be able to recover money for damages to pay for medical bills and pain and suffering.
Source: Toledo Blade, "2-semi crash kills Wisconsin trucker," Sept. 1, 2012